Goa still exhibits the cultural influences of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants. The Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats region, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
Students on the William & Mary Goa summer program spend five weeks exploring globalization and development in India. Excursions during the program may include Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley” of India, and an organic coffee plantation. Course-related excursions to the spice plantations and points of interest around Goa will enhance the student’s understanding of the economic and cultural background of the region.
Students will be housed at the International Centre of Goa or hotels while on excursions. All meals are provided on-site (included in the program fee).
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in Spring 2016, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Goa and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
W&M Faculty: Gul Ozyegin
Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Arrival: May 21, 2016
Departure: June 24, 2016
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($500): March 4
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2016 program fee: $5,050
Students are responsible for airfare.